LOWER COLUMBIA SCHOOL GARDENS
Cultivating the values of lifelong learning, sustainability, health, and community.
In 2002 Kaiser physician Lee Ann Gekas took a 4 month sabbatical to help start Longview's first school
garden at Northlake Elementary. Inspired by the likes of Berkeley chef and school garden pioneer
Alice Waters, a visionary group of parents and teachers laid out a space where students, staff and
volunteers now work and learn together as they discover how to grow, cook and eat fresh, healthy
foods. The Northlake Garden has blossomed into a large (almost an acre!), thriving operation,
with 22 raised beds, grape vines, raspberries, blueberries, a native plant memorial garden, a corn field,
a pumpkin patch, a working greenhouse, a compost facility, worm bins, and a large fruit tree orchard.
Northlake has become LCSG's resource and training center.
Contact: Ian Thompson